Kim Jong-un, Trump arrive in Singapore ahead of landmark summit

Kim Jong-un, Trump arrive in Singapore ahead of landmark summit

Kerry Wise
June 14, 2018

Kim was also quoted as saying that, "If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever".

Trump and Kim are set to hold an unprecedented summit to discuss ways to dismantle the North's nuclear weapons program in exchange for security guarantees.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

Trump called off the expected summit with Kim last month, citing the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

But Trump baffled observers when he said he did not think he had to prepare "very much" for the summit.

South Korea on Monday began surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as reconciliatory steps. Kim landed at Singapore's Changi airport shortly before 3 p.m. local time Sunday and traveled in his armored Mercedes Benz limousine through one of the island state's swankiest shopping districts to the five-star St. Regis Hotel.

A procession of North Korean officials - including his younger sister Kim Yo Jong - arrived shortly afterward.

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The key issue at the summit will be how far Trump and Kim will be able to work out a concrete roadmap toward North Korea's denuclearization.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Having just come from a G7 summit in Canada where he was the primary topic of discussion and inarguably the center of attention, President Trump was greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

This story was first published on CNN.com "North Korea says it will discuss "denuclearization" on Korean peninsula with U.S."

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey says: "To the extent that Kim Jong Un has already gone from global pariah to being normalized internationally, you have to say that he's had some success here".

Reportedly, the test was conducted during the time when Donald Trump chose to tighten economic sanctions against North Korea and raised the possibility of military action. But the president has significantly softened the U.S. negotiating stance in the immediate run-up to the summit, accepting the prospect of an open-ended negotiations involving multiple future summits.

There is also the question of what will become of North Korea's short and medium-range ballistic missiles, which has been a great concern for North Korea's neighbors, including Japan.

But it is Mr Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Mr Trump such high stakes. "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected Marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".